No matter how long you’ve been in the business, sometimes we all have questions. And most people will tell you that when they need help, they ask their peers. Supervisors, colleagues, friends, and other industry professionals – these can be our greatest resources for information. That’s exactly why with SAGE Total Access, you can join your very own collaborative group in SAGE Community!
Why join SAGE Community?
Want a product recommendation? Looking for marketing suggestions or business tips? Join a community group in SAGE Total Access and interact directly with industry professionals and SAGE specialists. SAGE Community allows you to ask for help from other distributors in the industry who understand your business. In addition, participating in community groups is a great opportunity to network with other professionals.
SAGE users are already discussing preferred suppliers, posting about unique products, and asking about best practices. If there isn’t already a group discussing your topic, creating a new group is easy. You can create a group to share with all SAGE promotional product distributors or create a private group to communicate exclusively with specific groups and colleagues.
Here are a few tips for using SAGE Community:
Start with Searching
Before creating a new group or posting a question, try searching the boards for your keywords. If you need help finding a promotional item for lawyers, just type “lawyer” into the search bar. Looking for a garment supplier? Try searching “garment,” “shirt,” or something similar.
When you do decide to post, get right to the point. These groups are being used by hundreds of busy professionals. They are more likely to respond if you ask a direct question.
For example, instead of: “Does anyone know of a good supplier for fountain pens? I saw a couple but wonder if there might be others out there. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thank you.”
Try rephrasing to something like this: “I’m looking for a reliable supplier for fountain pens. Any suggestions? Thank you.”
Read and Respond
Community groups are only as good as their contributors make it! So, participate, read through other people’s questions, and be sure to provide thoughtful responses. The more users that actively utilize the community groups, the more helpful they become! Remember, every time you post or answer someone’s question, you are helping to build a community of resources and support for everyone.
Joining a Group
To get started in SAGE Community, log into SAGE Total Access. Next, select Community from the left side menu. From there, you should be able to locate Groups on the right-hand side. To join a group, click the plus sign to add it to your feed. From there, you can comment, like, and even add new posts to the group!
Adding a Post
To add a new post to the group, simply click the New Post icon. You can add your topic and ask your question. You can even add a picture of a product from your photos or the product search. When finished, hit post! Group members and SAGE experts can now reply to your posts.
Joining Multiple Groups
You can also join multiple groups in SAGE Community by clicking the plus sign next to the group name. You can view one group at a time by switching tabs underneath the MY FEED bar in the upper left-hand corner.
To unfollow a group, simply go to the Groups tab on the right, and go to the group you wish to unfollow. Simply click the minus circle to unfollow a group.
Creating a New Group
To create your own group, click Create New Group at the top of the group’s column. From there, you can insert a name and description and add members to your group. You can also change who can access your group.
We want to hear from you!
SAGE Community is just one of the tools we offer to help grow your business. How are you currently networking with other industry professionals? Learn more about this exclusive benefit with SAGE Total Access by connecting with your Account Advisor today!
This article has been updated from its previous publishing in 2016.